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Twitter Says It’s a Safer Place, But There’s No Hard Data to Prove It

Twitter claims it has become a safer site thanks to all its anti-abuse efforts, but there’s no way to tell if that’s true because the company didn’t share any hard numbers behind its data. Read More >>

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Check Out How Samsung Describes its Male and Female Bixby Assistants

After months of delays, Samsung’s much ballyhooed voice assistant Bixby is here—and users on social media are already noticing the company’s loaded, sexist characterisations of its female and male voices. Read More >>

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Samsung Galaxy S8’s Killer Feature Lands Months Late

Samsung’s AI assistant Bixby is finally available in the US—months late. But, hey, at least it doesn’t explode. Read More >>

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Users Report Incredibly Scary OnePlus 5 911 Bug

Do not try this at home. Concerned OnePlus 5 users have been reporting online that they’re having difficulties making 911 calls. It’s unclear if all OnePlus 5 models suffer from the same troubling glitch, but at least three users have claimed to have the bug on their device. Read More >>

crime
Honolulu May Soon Ban Texting While Crossing the Road Like a Dumbass

You already know that texting and driving is against the law, but for a few years now cities across the US have considered making texting while crossing the road illegal. Honolulu is one of those cities. Read More >>

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A Guide to Apps That Make Your Photos Look Shitty

There are thousands of photo apps to download in the App Store. Some are great and some are terrible. But it seems apps that’ll make your photos look like a 3-year-old took them are sometimes the most popular. Read More >>

cybersecurity
MySpace Nukes Massive Security Loophole (But Go Delete Your Stuff Anyways)

Remember Myspace? Yeah, it’s still a thing. And for months, the social network reportedly had a security flaw that made it ridiculously easy to hack into any profile with just a date of birth. Read More >>

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Can Facebook Fix VR’s Most Frustrating Problems in One Fell Swoop?

Virtual reality is cool and all, but it won’t really become mainstream until a) it’s affordable and b) it doesn’t require a £1,000+ gaming PC. But it seems Facebook is attempting yet again to make VR a thing. Read More >>

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Teardown Confirms Samsung’s Refurbished Note 7 Has a Smaller, Less Explode-y Battery

Samsung’s refurbished Galaxy Note 7, aka the Note Fan Edition, was announced last month. But instead of excitement, everyone had one question in mind: Will it also explode? Read More >>

business
Rich Person Phone Brand Goes Kerplunk

Vertu, the company that sells £39,000 smartphones, is shutting down its UK manufacturing operations. But everyone saw it coming. Read More >>

security
Battery Explodes at Turkish Airport After Passenger Throws Power Bank During Security Spat

Throwing things out of anger is never a smart move, but it can also lead to more serious consequences. Especially when you’re at an airport and what you’re hurling at the ground is an explosion-prone lithium battery. Read More >>

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Slapping a Fancy Name on Nokia’s New Smartphone Cameras Won’t Make Them Good

Nokia’s smartphones have long been known for having great cameras. Classic devices like the N95 (2007), 808 PureView (2012), or Lumia 1020 (2013) all had industry-leading camera tech on board. But will Nokia’s upcoming Android smartphones be just as great now that HMD Global is manufacturing them? Read More >>

privacy
Illinois Wants To Ban Location Tracking Without Consent

It’s increasingly difficult to do anything on your phone nowadays without sharing your geolocation information. Certain Snapchat filters, Facebook status updates, Instagrams, and even text messages are all potentially tied to geolocation data. It’s relatively simple for app developers to build in geolocation functionality—and many services require users to opt-in to sharing location data. But now the state of Illinois wants ensure that all companies extracting geolocation data from individuals must provide an opt-in, or else they’ll have to pay up. Read More >>

business
Things Just Keep Getting Worse For China’s Fallen Tech Upstart LeEco

LeEco’s dream of breaking into the US market and competing against Apple is now farther from reality than ever before. The Chinese tech firm’s American operation has had a difficult year with missed payrolls, disappearing employees, and overall poor sales. But the latest development in LeEco’s financial woes is sure to make things go from bad to worse. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Bixby Assistant Delayed Again Because It Can’t Learn English: Report

Samsung claims its AI-based virtual assistant is smart enough to execute 15,000 tasks, use augmented reality to shop for you, and learn from your app usage. Yet, apparently it’s not capable of learning English. Read More >>